Maryann Cocca-Leffler East Rochester School Visit

Print: A Bookstore is excited to be partnering with East Rochester School for their visits with Maryann Cocca-Leffler June 1st featuring her her picture books The Power of Yet for Kindergarten and 1st grade, Janine. for 2nd and 3rd grade, and We Want to Go to School for 4th and 5th grade!

Maryann Cocca-Leffler is the award-winning author and illustrator of more than 60 books for children, including Growing Season, Same Way Ben, and The Belonging Tree. Her book Janine was inspired by her daughter, and together they have developed a corresponding website,, with a mission to help change public perception of children with disabilities. When not working in her Portland, Maine, studio, Maryann is visiting schools and libraries to share her books. Learn more about her at

Cover image for THE POWER OF YETThe Power of Yet

An inspiring young picture book about overcoming challenges and frustrations with the Power of Yet
“I can’t do it!”
“Can’t do it yet.”
This charming picture book tells the story of one small piglet who uses the Power of Yet to conquer frustration. While it may not be possible to perfectly flip pancakes or play the violin yet, with practice and patience and courage and grit, anything is possible!

Cover image for Janine.


Meet Janine.

She is one of a kind Janine dresses a little different, remembers random facts, reads the dictionary for fun, and has her own style of cheering. Nobody does things the way Janine does things One girl in Janine's class is throwing a party and all the COOL kids are invited. But Janine is not cool. Some kids think she is strange and want her to change. Will Janine try to be different or just be her spectacular self? In this charming story, Maryann Cocca-Leffler uses her own daughter as inspiration for a delightfully spunky character. Janine Leffler focuses on the positive while navigating life with disabilities. She has become a role model to children and adults, encouraging them to focus on abilities and promoting respect, tolerance, and kindness.

Cover for WE WANT TO GO TO SCHOOLWe Want To Go to School! : The Fight for Disability Rights

A Junior Library Guild Selection February 2022

There was a time in the United States when millions of children with disabilities weren't allowed to go to public school. But in 1971, seven kids and their families wanted to do something about it. They knew that every child had a right to an equal education, so they went to court to fight for that right. The case Mills v. Board of Education of the District of Columbia led to laws ensuring children with disabilities would receive a free, appropriate public education. Told in the voice of Janine Leffler, one of the millions of kids who went to school because of these laws, this book shares the true story of this landmark case

If families are interested in purchasing copies of Ms. Cocca-Leffler's books they can place an order with Print: A Bookstore. Use the code ROCHESTER to recieve a 20% discount on all of Ms. Cocca-Leffler's books. The discount code will expire on 6/30.  

Orders placed by Friday, May 13th will be delivered to the school and can be signed and personalized by Ms. Cocca-Leffler. Please select "School Pick Up" while putting in shipping information and in the order comments please include the following information to ensure your order gets into the right hands:

  • Student Name
  • School Name
  • Classroom Teacher
  • Whether you would like the book signed to anyone

If you do not include that information in the order comments, the books will be held at the store for you to pick up. 

Orders placed after Friday, May 13th can either be mailed to your home or picked up at the bookstore in Portland, Maine.

If you have any questions, please reach out to our children's manager, Stephanie Heinz, at either or 207-536-4778.

The Power of Yet Cover Image
ISBN: 9781419740039
Availability: Recently On Our Shelves
Published: Abrams Appleseed - January 12th, 2021

Janine. Cover Image
ISBN: 9780807537596
Availability: Recently On Our Shelves
Published: Albert Whitman & Company - March 1st, 2020

We Want to Go to School!: The Fight for Disability Rights Cover Image
ISBN: 9780807535189
Availability: Recently On Our Shelves
Published: Albert Whitman & Company - September 15th, 2021

Heart Stones Cover Image
ISBN: 9781954277021
Availability: Recently On Our Shelves
Published: McSea Books - May 5th, 2022

Clams All Year Cover Image
ISBN: 9781954277045
Availability: Recently On Our Shelves
Published: McSea Books - May 5th, 2022

Janine and the Field Day Finish Cover Image
ISBN: 9780807537565
Availability: Recently On Our Shelves
Published: Albert Whitman & Company - October 1st, 2016

The Belonging Tree Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250305138
Availability: Recently On Our Shelves
Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - August 18th, 2020

Same Way Ben Cover Image
ISBN: 9780807572221
Availability: Recently On Our Shelves
Published: Albert Whitman & Company - October 1st, 2019

Growing Season Cover Image
ISBN: 9781454927044
Availability: Recently On Our Shelves
Published: Union Square Kids - April 2nd, 2019